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Preventing more DUI accidents

While traveling the roadways on a daily basis to get from point A to point B, accidents can happen.

Sometimes weather can play a factor — wet or icy conditions can be dangerous for motorists. Skidding off the road, hydroplaning or sliding into the back of another vehicle can be unavoidable.

Other times, drivers get distracted and make a careless mistake that results in an accident.

Unfortunately, many accidents are caused by people who chose to be irresponsible and get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol or taking illegal drugs.

That’s why the Ohio State Highway Patrol is joining five other states in an OVI enforcement project.

Called the 6 State Trooper Project, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, as well as troopers in Kentucky, West Virginia, Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania, will be out in full force this weekend to crack down on impaired driving. The project started at 12:01 a.m. today through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The patrol in Ohio says the effort to create high visibility enforcement on the highway is aimed at making the roadways safer.

So far in 2015, OSHP has made 22,392 OVI arrests. That’s good news and bad news.

The good news is that those impaired drivers were taken off the road. The bad news is, there are still far too many people getting behind the wheel while impaired.

Hopefully with troopers having a more pronounced visibility this weekend, drivers will think twice before getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, because accidents caused by impaired drivers are absolutely 100 percent preventable.